The public finance of higher education; statewide governance in higher education; access and completion in higher education; accountability in higher education
Joni Finney breaks down state and federal funding, college tuition structure, and financial aid options to devise better ways of making higher education realistic for more students. She continues to develop state-by-state comparisons of college affordability through her center, the Institute for Research on Higher Education. Finney also studies how high school standards prepare students for the rigor of college courses and how students progress through higher education through the baccalaureate degree.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”